Are your employees bored at work?

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Phil Sheridan Senior MD at Robert Half UK
Phil Sheridan Senior MD at Robert Half UK

On average, managers recognise that their employees are spending nearly 14% of their week bored at work, according to research from recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK. For an average full-time employee working a 7.5-hour day, this is equivalent to 5.3 hours a week.

Employees in London and the South East are the most bored, with managers anticipating that staff spend over 6.4 hours a week uninterested in their jobs.

This is closely followed by the South West and Wales who are estimated to spend six hours a week bored at work.

Employees in Scotland are seen as less likely to be bored, with managers claiming that the workforce spends just shy of four uninterested hours at work.

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Statistics from Robert Half UK on the most bored employees in the UK

For large companies with more than 500 employees, the amount of time that employees spend bored at work jumps 19% to 7.1 hours, the equivalent of nearly a full working day. In comparison, employees in medium-sized organisations with 250-499 employees are estimated to spend just 3.8 hours a week uninterested in their work.

Managers highlighted the reasons that employees are most likely to be bored during the course of the week. 35% of managers confessed that work was not interesting enough, that staff don’t feel challenged and that there is a lack of diversity on offer within the role. Inefficient internal processes could also be to blame as 30% said that there are too many meetings that are poorly executed.

Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half UK said: “With the current skills shortage, managers need to focus efforts on keeping the role interesting to boost employee engagement and ultimately support higher retention. To ensure employees perform to the best of their ability and remain interested in their jobs, employers need to introduce greater variety by giving workers the opportunity to develop new skills or take on additional responsibilities.

“It’s important to remember that employees who are more interested in their jobs are likely to make a greater contribution to the organisation and contribute to long-term success.”

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